Archive for February 8th, 2003

Price check!

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

A quick comparison of prices amongst some Toronto-area vendors:

Price Comparison
vendor\item ASUS A7N8X Deluxe (Ultra 400 Socket A nForce2, SATA) MAXTOR DRIVE IDE 120GB SATA 7200 8MB 512MB DDR400
Canada Computers $177 $148 $130
Infonec $175 $159 $119
JNet $180
only 333MHz?
$165 $102
GreyTech $180 $180 $140
Razor $184 $n/a $126

Dual-layer recordable DVDs

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

Check it out. That would be sweet. I could use 8.6 Gig of recordable space. Might almost fit most of my home directory, minus pictures and mp3's of course.

Another flawed IDC study

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

MacCentral is running a story titled Microsoft dominance of OS market grows, IDC study says. Here's a brief excerpt:

Microsoft's Windows accounted for 55.1 percent of new shipments of server operating systems in 2002, up from 50.5 percent in 2001, while paid versions of Linux accounted for 23.1 percent of new shipments in 2002, up from 22.4 percent in 2002, the Framingham, Massachusetts, market research company said in its report.
The IDC report did not take into account the free versions of Linux available. That last line is the killer. Given the Open Source nature of Linux, there are many, many installations that are based on downloaded, free copies of Linux. Yes, there are many places that buy Red Hat or what have you, but certainly the number of free installs is significant. Any report on the installed base cannot ignore it. Instead of “Microsoft dominance of OS market grows”, the title should be “Microsoft share of paid OS installs grows”. If it were the case that free Linux installs accounted for 98% of the market this year, up from 23% last year, this entire report would read no different. *sigh.